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Man hacks into baby monitor

Hacker Takes Over Baby Monitor, Screams At Sleeping Child

When Heather and Adam Schreck heard a voice coming from their 10-month-old daughter's room, they thought someone had broken into their home.

'He was screaming, 'Wake up, baby. Wake up, baby.' And then just a long, 'Ahhhh,' screaming at her."

But when Adam got up to check, he realized the voice was coming from the baby monitor. And whoever it was, he began shouting at Adam.

Turns out the camera was hacked. The Cincinnati couple says they feel violated. They don't know just how many times the camera in their daughter's room had been hacked or how long someone else had been watching.

Baby monitors, like the Foscam wireless camera the Schrecks use, are common for parents looking for a way to check on their babies from anywhere. But that doesn't mean they're always secure.

There was a similar case involving one of these cameras last August, when Houston parents heard a voice coming from their toddler's room. A security expert tells ABC how the hackers get in.

"Everybody out there on the internet – the good guys, the bad guys – if they can get past that network router, then they can see all of the devices that are on your network."

That includes any internet-connected baby monitors. And if they get into your network, they only need to hack into your device to take control – an easy task if owners have a common password.

Following the August story, Forbes reported a firmware security flaw in the Foscam cameras made thousands of the devices in the U.S. vulnerable to such a hack. An update meant to fix it was reportedly released a few months before, in June.

But new firmware is only good if device owners make the update. So if you own one of these cameras – or something similar – here are a few quick tips.

1) Check the manufacturer's site for firmware updates.

2) Be sure to change the camera's username and password from the factory default.

3) Regularly change your wireless network's username and password, but make sure it's different from your camera's.

This type of hack isn't exclusive to Foscam devices, so it's important to keep tabs on all internet-connected devices you use. As for the Schrecks, they are taking this advice and say they will keep the camera.

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naojf22936 April 30 2014 at 5:36 AM

Nothing is 100 percent safe....nothing.

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Saint Richard naojf22936 April 30 2014 at 6:18 AM

Of course. Isn't everything in life like that?

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henry_bevis naojf22936 April 30 2014 at 12:18 PM

You can be safe if you use only wired devices.

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Humberto henry_bevis April 30 2014 at 12:55 PM

Sorry Henry, yes wireless present more opportunities for hack a system, however, the most commune is the Internet, and that the way the hacker did it, then any system integrated to the Internet, wired or not. is in risk to be hacked, not even close system like intranet is secure. Change the password frequently is the best option and install a good firewall.

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Camp Bulldog April 30 2014 at 9:56 AM

THESE are bonifide...sick ********

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klnpiano April 30 2014 at 9:50 AM

I had four children - and survived their entire childhoods without the use of a baby monitor. I'm with the person who said.. " Why can't you just open the door and check on the baby??" Sometimes modern technology takes the place of common sense .. and now there are HACKERS who can get into your baby's room?? WHO needs that??

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bjredmond64 April 30 2014 at 9:44 AM

oh, yes, let's explain how to hack a baby monitor so others, who didnt know how, can now do it. geesh, people are just plain stupid.

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vafilec_39 April 30 2014 at 11:10 AM

Wonder who installed the camera? Is there a way to trace that nasty hacker?

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thekoshersissy April 30 2014 at 9:19 AM

I once heard a whole conversation from my neighbors cordless phone on a baby monitor. I should of interrupted it when he was talking about scoring some weed. My virgin ears were startled at the conversation. ; )

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Hello Dear!! thekoshersissy April 30 2014 at 11:46 AM

That is a humorous situation.But seriously, SIDS is called the silent killer=Doubtful if a baby monitor would pick up anything=these parents suffer enough without the anguish of guilt at not hearing one!

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earth2202 Hello Dear!! April 30 2014 at 1:14 PM

There are also baby monitors for SIDS that is placed under the mattress. If the baby stops moving (breathing) for 20-30 seconds it sets off a loud alarm. My son and daughter in law had these and that allowed them to get some precious sleep in the early months post birth.

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Erin thekoshersissy April 30 2014 at 1:25 PM

Ours used to pick up conversations, too.

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blueeyessing April 30 2014 at 7:26 AM

Whatever happened to just leaving the door open and checking in on your baby once in a while? Get rid of the baby monitors. They are too easy to hack.

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J's Damsel blueeyessing April 30 2014 at 8:49 AM

Odd how hundreds of years no one had monitors, now suddenly they are needed. People have become THAT lazy.

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nordengto April 30 2014 at 7:05 AM

Thank God the family was not harmed. My "old fashioned" standard monitor picks up the neighbors baby too, so I am sure they hear us. Even if we switch a/b, it often can pick up cell phone conversations if they are close to the house. No matter how hard we try to protect ourself if some one wants something they will get it. There was a car parked in the shopping center where I worked, he had one of those loud annoying talking alarms, and he had the club on the steering wheel, he came out of work and some one had moved his car across the parking lot chained his car on the light poll and left a big note on the windshield that read "if I wanted your car I would take it"

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dal April 30 2014 at 6:23 AM

this is why I cover the built in cameras on my computers and would never, ever have one of those remote home security systems they push on TV.

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blueeyessing dal April 30 2014 at 7:28 AM

Re: covering computer cameras....ever since I read about the school that gave their students free laptops to take home to use for their school work, but then spied on them through their cams the whole time, I always keep a piece of tape over mine.

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rwitchwoman63 April 30 2014 at 10:39 AM

Hunt the SOB down and turn him over to the parents!!!!

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